Books on Macedonia
Update No: 123 - (31/08/07)
The long haul
Macedonia is doing very well, but from an incredibly low base. It was by far the
poorest of the former Yugoslav republics, with a per capita income one-fifth
that of Slovenia.
It, nevertheless, achieved great progress last year in the economic area; but
there is a lot of work ahead because the mountain that should be conquered is
very high. Mike Zafirovski, a highly successful businessman of Macedonian origin
and a potential mentor of his country in the Soros mould, said this in Skopje
after meeting with the Macedonian prime minister, Nikola Gruevski.
Zafirovski appeared thrilled with the results that were achieved in some areas,
such as the GDP increase of 7 per cent, an export increase of 50 per cent, a
somewhat successful struggle against corruption, and the introduction of a third
mobile phone operator. He said this is a great start but that there is lot of
work ahead, in several areas, such as judicial reforms.
The "Macedonia 2025" team
Mike Zafirovski is heading the "Macedonia 2025" team, an independent
and non-political organization aimed towards helping identify, develop and
promote several key industries in Macedonia.
"We have only one wish, Macedonia to become an economic power. We are aware
that it couldn't be achieved overnight, that years are needed, so I gave the it
the name Macedonia 2025", Zafirovski said.
Prime minister Gruevski informed the representatives of "Macedonia
2025" about the Government's activities in the past six months and the
future plans. "At the meeting we discussed how to push with joint forces,
several projects that will be of interest to the country", Gruevski said.
He expects members of the "Macedonia 2025" team to lobby with foreign
investors and business people.
Members of "Macedonia 2025" had meetings with many Macedonian
businessmen, and were pleasantly surprised by their ideas and business plans.
They think that Macedonia should be most interesting for foreign investors in
four areas: production of automobile parts, high technology, food production and
The following message, in tandem with the "Maceonia 2025" team, was
delivered by the prime minister himself, from whom it is worth quoting:-
PM Gruevski in Krusevo: Let's make Macedonia a successful, prosperous country
Friday, 03 August 2007
Let's make Macedonia a successful, powerful, and dignified country, because only
united will we win our battle, the battle of this generation, of our ideas and
aspirations, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said in his address at the locality
of Meckin Kamen near Krusevo.
This is the acid test of Macedonia's future where success is a prerequisite,
where we must not fail, something that we have been persistently working on.
This should be a message that raises self-awareness, highlights responsibility
of each and every one of us and strengthens the spirit. The message that will
build the state and its future, Gruevski said, pointing out that if the battle
of our predecessors was for a free and independent Macedonia - the current one
is for a prosperous and economically powerful Macedonia. This is a battle for
us, our children and Macedonia, Gruevski said, calling on all to join the
efforts for turning this goals into reality, as only unity can lead to success.
The oath 'freedom or death' is a portentous source, defined by Dame Gruev's
words 'better horrible end than endless horror', Gruevski said, pointing out
that these words incorporate the energy and awareness of independent, sovereign
state - the Republic of Macedonia. Today we are celebrating a double National
Holiday of Macedonia.
1991 emerged as the independent and sovereign Republic of Macedonia - a unitary
state of free and equal people, legitimate member of the United Nations and
unitary state organizam that is heading towards generally accepted
Euro-integration, Gruevski said.
Today, those values have been incorporated in the Constitution of the Republic
of Macedonia. They are guarantying fundamental human rights and freedoms,
equality and coexistence of the Macedonian people with their compatriots -
Albanians, Turks, Roma, Serbs, Bosnians, Vlachs and all others that live in
Macedonia. Equal right, as well as obligations, for preserving the common
property, Gruevski said.At the beginning of the 20th century Macedonia aspired
for freedom and creation of own state, today - the new generation of Macedonians
is facing different challenges - preservation of the nation's identity and
dignity and creation of a stable, functional, economically developed and
prosperous Macedonia, integrated with NATO and the European Union, Gruevski
Gruevski said that it was investing great efforts in order to complete necessary
reforms, deal with corruption and organized crime, and boost the country's
economic development. Development, better standard and economic growth are the
Government's top priorities, Gruevski said. Many measures have been introduced
in this respect, which are expected to attract foreign investors, open new jobs
and improve the living standard of the citizens of Macedonia, the Prime Minister
said. The Government has been also working on educational reforms - the pillar
of a society and key to success, as well as on health care reform, which should
put an end to problems the citizens have been facing in this sector so far. The
agricultural sector is our pride. We consider the farmer as our protector,
Gruevski said, adding that reforms in this sector are aimed at providing decent
life to all of those engaged with such activity.
Speaking about judicial reforms, Gruevski said the process had been burdened
with numerous problems and obstructions. However, he expressed satisfaction with
the successful defense reforms, which, as he said, were being implemented in
accordance with projected dynamics, enabling Macedonia to be part of
peacekeeping operations abroad. The Government will also keep on implementing
the Framework Agreement - an important pillar of Macedonia's multiethnic